GALION – All students in grades K-12 in the Galion City Schools district are required to have proof of immunizations from a healthcare professional in order to continue attending school this year. According to policies adopted by the Galion school board, students requiring immunizations must show proof of an appointment no later than Sept. 7.
The Board policy, 5111.03 Section B, reads: “The immunization records required by Section A.1 may be submitted no later than fourteen (14) days after the child is admitted provided, however, that if these records are not provided, the student shall, after notice to the parent and an opportunity for a meeting, be removed from school. Parents admitting a child without appropriate immunization records shall be informed of this provision at the time the other documents are provided.”
Students entering the 7th grade have been required to have a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis), and are now also required to have a meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine. Students entering the 12th grade are now being required to have a meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine.
Immunization waivers are available on the school district website at www.galionschools.org. Please contact the Galion City School District Student Services office at 419-468-3432 with any questions.
Health department vaccination clinics
The Galion City Health Department, 113 Harding Way East, has been haing extra immunization clinics to help families meet the new requirement. The regularly scheduled clinics for September are full, but two additional clinic days have been scheduled for any remaining students in need of immunizations:
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 – 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Call the health department at 419-468-1075 and have insurance information ready in order to schedule an appointment or to have questions answered. You also may visit www.galionhealth.org, download the “Screening Form” and fill it out in advance to expedite the appointment.
Specific vaccine information statements and the Screening Form are also available in the Galion Middle and High School offices.
Parents or guardians must accompany their student for consent/insurance/payment information, and in the event of a reaction or emergency.